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The Best Nonsense Verses, Collected by Josephine Dodge Daskam

Nonsense
The Best Nonsense Verses, Collected by Josephine Dodge Daskam

From Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky to limericks written by Edward Lear, some of the crankiest, most logical and lyrical people turn common sense upside-down. May they inspire the child inside of you to find your way through the most challenging situations with a new set of eyes!

Josephine Dodge Daskam, aka Josephine Daskam Bacon, selected these nonsense verses with the permission of their authors Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, W.S. Gilbert, Guy Wetmore Carryl, Charles E. Carryl, Oliver Herford, Gelett Burgess, George du Maurier, and Rudyard Kipling.

The Best Nonsense Verses, read for you by Grace Buchanan:


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Image credit:
CD cover designed by Grace Buchanan. Illustrations:
54, from A Book of Nonsense, by Edward Lear, via Wikimedia Commons;
Grandfathers little nurse, by Paul Hey, via U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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April Twilights And Other Poems, by Willa Cather

April Twilights and Other Poems, by Willa Cather
April Twilights And Other Poems, by Willa Cather

Such a beautiful collection of Willa Cather’s poems. I enjoy how she expresses the appearance of landscapes and the feelings of difficult emotions.

This was one of her several efforts to publish these poems. First, she submitted many of them to magazines. Then she published some in her first book in 1903, which she titled simply, “April Twilights”. This 1923 collection was the second edition. She followed it with a third edition ten years later*.

I had the honor of performing the first poem “Grandmither, Think Not I Forget”, which I understand was one of her favorites. She wrote the finished verse in her first draft; she never saw any need to edit it*.

Grandmither, Think Not I Forget“, performed for you by Grace Buchanan.

Read the entire book “April Twilights And Other Poems” at Project Gutenberg.

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Listen to the entire book “April Twilights And Other Poems” at LibriVox. I read:
Track 1 “Grandmither, Think Not I Forget”
Track  2 “Fides, Spes”
Track  4 “The Hawthorn Tree”
Track 11 “Evening Song”

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Image credit:
Illustration “Twilight“, by Anna Sophia Towne Darrah via Wikimedia Commons. CD cover design by Tomas Peter for LibriVox, Public Domain.

Boys And Girls, by James W. Foley

Boys And Girls
Boys And Girls, by James W. Foley

Many of these 114 poems were written from children’s points of view. I especially enjoyed reading “Old Hallowe’en Friends”. The poem is spoken by a spunky young girl who talks herself out of being frightened by a Jack ‘O Lantern.


I performed for you:
Track #96 Old Hallowe’en Friends
Track #99 Verses of a Little Child. Reading this one broke my heart
Track #110 To Children at the Hearth. I had my own children in mind, speaking to one at a time for each section

Listen to the entire collection of poems at Internet Archive.

Listen to the entire collection of poems at LibriVox.

Read the entire book “Boys And Girls” at Project Gutenberg.

Listen to all the work that I’ve done for LibriVox.

This is a LibriVox recording. All LIbriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: LibriVox.org.

Image credit:
Illustration “Song Of Summer Days” from the frontispiece for “Boys And Girls“. CD cover design by Annise for LibriVox, Public Domain.